Coronation Street's Leanne forces Simon to lie for her in worrying scenes

Jess Lee
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street's Leanne Battersby will force Simon Barlow to lie for her after he finds her unconscious.

A grief-stricken Leanne has spent Christmas alone in her flat, having told everyone that she would be in France visiting Stella and Eve. But Simon discovers the truth when he stops by the flat to get ready for a date with Kelly Neelan and sees his mother passed out next to sleeping pills.

In scenes airing next week, Simon (Alex Bain) apologises to Kelly (Millie Gibson) for failing to show up for their date, not disclosing that he was with Leanne (Jane Danson).

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Kelly tries to make new plans with Simon, but is angry when he is reluctant to commit to anything and makes excuses.

Simon returns to the flat to see Leanne. He tries to get Leanne to eat, but she responds by fleeing to her room while crying.

Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) is surprised to see Leanne when he visits the flat out of concern for Simon. Leanne responds by lying to him that she's only just returned home from France.

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Photo credit: ITV

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Nick leaves, and Simon tells Leanne that Nick is suffering as well. Leanne isn't concerned, replying that Oliver wasn't Nick's son – which hurts Simon as he is not Leanne's biological son. Leanne is mortified when she realises what she has said.

Simon agrees to leave Leanne one sleeping pill, although hides the rest.

When Simon next visits, he is pleasantly surprised to see Leanne already dressed, leading to optimism that she is getting better.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Coronation Street airs these scenes on Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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